Credit where credit is due. We got this cordial heads-up from the Mondo Spider team in the comments section of the Tate Gallery Spider post:
"Big deal. A spider that sits there and does nothing... We built a 1500Lb mechanical spider that we can drive." That they did.
More here as well as on YouTube
Wow, that's pretty good. If they could meld that technology with the tech I use at work, it would be . . . well, completely unnecessary but still very very fun.
Wasn't that thing in Wild Wild West?
I want this as my own personal vehicle.
How about http://www.strandbeest.com? Dutch artist Theo Jansen builds wind-powered, insect-like creatures out of plastic tubes that can walk seemingly naturally by themselves. He calls them 'Beach Beast' or 'Animaris' in Latin...
His latest creation, Animaris Rhinoceros Transport can even carry a driver. When the wind is right, of course. Check out http://www.strandbeest.com/animaris%20rhinoceros%20transport_en.html